Monthly Archives: January 2016

Art Tatum — Undecided II

This is the same video I posted two weeks ago but with a new You Tube poster.  This is for those of you who missed the original. This  version of Undecided is  from 1954 with Benny Carter on alto sax … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Lenox Avenue Blues, on Pipe Organ.

Funny, I used to go see “classic” movies at the Nuart Theatre in West L.A.,  before there was Turner Classic Movies.  I must have seen the promo short for this film a dozen times.  But, my experience with “cult” movies … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Just One Of Those Things

Just One Of Those Things was written by Cole Porter in 1935, and used in the musical Jubilee.  It has produced hit records for a Who’s Who of musicians and singers.   Accompanying Art Tatum (piano) here  on this session … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Dream Man

Dream Man (Let Me Dream Some More) was written by Milton Ager (Music) and Joe Young (Lyric), although I think Fats did a little freelancing on the lyric here.  I don’t have a copyright date for this, but it was probably … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Undecided

[You Tube deleted by poster] Undecided was written by Charlie Shavers (music) and Sid Robin (lyric) in 1938, as I mentioned yesterday. This  version of Undecided is  from 1954 with Benny Carter on alto sax and Louis Bellson on drums. … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Undecided

Undecided was written by Charlie Shavers (music) and Sid Robin (lyric) in 1938. Ella Fitzgerald with the Chick Webb band recorded an early and enduring version of the song.  She sang it at a faster tempo. Usually when this song … Continue reading

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Song for my father Richard Sr. (1912-1998)

Today would have been my Father’s 104th Birthday. Last year I played a tune by Judy Garland he used to whistle, Alice Blue Gown.  He loved the sweet, nostalgic vocal music of the period from 1890-1910.  He loved men’s glee … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – On the Radio in 1940 – Caravan

Caravan  was written by Juan Tizol, long time trombonist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.  Tizol was originally from Puerto Rico. This version is from a radio  show titled California Melodies broadcast from Los Angeles.  Due to the surface noise, it … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — I Used To Love You ( But It’s All Over Now.)

This is a real winner by Fats Waller and Rhythm that I had forgotten, Fats does a wonderful piano solo and vocal on this old song from 1920.   It was written by Al Von Tilzer (Music, 1878-1956)  and Lew … Continue reading

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This week’s California Storms

We’re getting a breather today (Thursday) and Tomorrow from the storms.  We had more rain Tuesday and Wednesday than we had all last year.  The rain is projected to return on Saturday.   I doubt that is enough time for … Continue reading

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